Friday, April 24, 2009

On My Front Porch

On my front porch are two chairs. I bought them a few years ago. I was looking for something inexpensive but nice looking. I really like them, they are blue and green striped fabric on a wood frame with a little wooden table to match sitting in the middle. Usually when I sit outside I don't notice the empty chair sitting beside me. However, the other morning as I sat trying to capture a sense of peace and quiet, all I could hear was the constant roar of the nearby highway, with an occasional bird's singing, and my mind was full of thoughts refusing to be quiet.

All of a sudden, the emptiness of the chair seemed to have a presence all its' own. I began to imagine, what if Jesus were sitting in that chair. What would I say to Him if given the chance? What would He say to me?

We all have things in our lives that seem to keep reoccurring. People or situations . . . something that we just haven't been able to make sense out of. So I asked. I asked what am I supposed to do and how am I supposed to feel and respond in "my" situation. His answer to me, brought me peace. He said that there are words that people say and things they do that destroy, that are meant to cause destruction in some way. Remember when this happens, that these words are not from me. Remember My Truth, that you are loved.

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

Romans 8:1.

This morning, I was reminded of this verse as I sat on my front porch.

The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

Psalm 34:18

Now, if you read this and think I've lost my marbles, let me assure you I haven't. I didn't hear a voice or see a vision. But His words spoke to my heart and for the first time I realize that some things don't have to make sense. I don't have to make them make sense, when I know that I am loved.


Sally said...

Sometimes, Karen, it's knowing that God loves us unconditionally that keeps me going day in and day out. We are never alone, and that's a beautiful gift in itself. You are never, ever alone when you sit in one of the chairs on your porch. (hugs)

Just Joni said...

That one perfect love helps to erase a lot of hurt and knowing He is beside us, we should never feel alone. Your porch setting sounds a nice little refuge to just be in the moment read, think, pray...we all need a little nook away from the world...mine is an old garden swing that is in desperate need of a paint job, but it is surrounded with a canopy of flowers and I love sitting out there.

Blessings to your day dear friend and tune those highway sounds out or... count them as a gentle reminder that while others are hustling about you can be still in the moment in His great presence.

Wishing you joy today ~

The Real Me! said...

I don't think you've lost your marbles. I used to imagine Jesus sitting on the end of my bed when I would talk to Him.
Big Hugs to you my friend.

Donna said...

Praying for peace for you sweetie!!hughugs